Randy Davies, a 24-year employee of Horizon Telcom, becomes the new president and chief executive officer of the Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 1. Davies takes over for Marvin Jones who held the position since June 2002.
“We are excited to have Randy leading this organization,” said Dave Barney of WesBanco Bank and chairman of the chamber’s Board of Directors. “Randy brings his background in communications and public relations to this position to look after and promote the interests of our 565 members. His connections in the community will be invaluable in promoting economic and community development.”
“Chillicothe and Ross County is a great place to live and work,” said Davies. “And I look forward to continuing with the strong commitment and dedication the chamber gives to the business and industry of this area.”
Davies was communications manager at Horizon handling marketing and public relations for Horizon’s 34-county territory, including working with chambers of commerce in many of the counties. He previously worked for six years with WKKJ and WBEX as well as with a local cable TV station.
He currently is district governor-elect for Rotary International after having served as president of the First Capital Rotary Club. He is a board member of the Ross-Pike Educational Service Center and a former member of the Chillicothe City Schools Board of Education and Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center. He also is a member of the board of the Child Protection Center and assisted with the formation of the Southern Ohio Crime Stoppers.
He is married to Kristi and has three children. He is a lifelong resident of Ross County and graduated from Chillicothe High School.
The chamber’s popular job listing website underwent a major overhaul recently. The former chillicothejobbank.net site is now www.southcentraljobs.com, with many new features.
For employers, the new site allows a direct posting of positions, after creating an account. As much or as little information as possible can be included in the listing that remains, as always, free of charge. The listing, before being posted on the site, will be checked by the chamber’s site coordinator, Briana Hood, to ensure all information is entered correctly. That process will take usually less than an hour during weekdays.
For job seekers, it’s easier to navigate by the type of position being sought through the extended list of categories. The home page always reflects the latest postings. For employers providing links, applications can be done online or resumes attached to replies.
The new site also reflects the rebranding to include Hocking and Vinton counties, although employers in any nearby county are eligible to post positions. The website is part of the chamber’s workforce development contract with South Central Ohio Job and Family Services that encompasses Ross, Vinton and Hocking counties.
For more information on how to take advantage of this new site, contact Hood at 702-2722 or at email@example.com.
The chamber’s Board of Directorsin its December meeting re-elected Dave Barney of WesBanco Bank as its chair for 2014. Other officers elected were Ken Shelton of Preferred Staffing of Ohio as vice chair and Susan Gearhart of Kingston National Bank as treasurer. Joining them on the Executive Committee will be board officers Bill Leib of Exit First Capital Realty, Tammy Eallonardo of The Reserves Network, Jeff Wills of AKM Building Systems and Jennifer McKell, Friend of the Chamber.
In November, the board elected six new directors and re-elected two others, all for three-year terms starting Jan. 1. Directors elected to the board for their second terms were Kevin Coe of the Ross County Banking Center and Jennifer McKell.
Elected to their first terms were Chris Glassburn of Horizon, Eric Hales of Adena Health System, Jeff Huddleston of D. E. Huddleston, Jeffrey Marshall II of Printex Same Day Printing, Mark Rager of the Chillicothe Gazette and Jay Seigneur of Whited Seigneur Sam & Rahe CPAs.
If you’re office is constantly needing to provide directions to local attractions, businesses or other places of interest, the chamber has available a limited number of full-color, large scale maps. In addition, if you just need a map of the city and surrounding area, you can print one off from our website. Click here to check it out. The chamber thanks those who joined with our partner, CommunityLink, to advertise their businesses.
The third Wednesday of each month from 5-7 p.m., chamber members and their guests gather at a member's location to unwind for the day, learn more about the host and catch up on the latest local news and events and meet the chamber's newest members. Appetizers and beverages are always available and door prizes go to those holding the winning tickets. Here is the list of sponsors for upcoming BABs:
January 15: Chillicothe Fitness & Racquet Club
February 19: Carnes Realty, Chicago Title of Ross County at co-host Triple Crown Sports
March 19: Midwest Motoplex, Shawnee Square
April 16: Stillwater Event & Conference Centre
May 21: Quality Inn
June 18: LCNB in West Main Street location
July 16: Shawnee Lanes
August 20: Glatfelter at a site to be announced
September 17: WSSR and TSHD Architects, site TBA
October 15: Chillicothe Jaycees Golf Course
November 19: Chamber Business Expo/BAB
December 17: The Reserves Network
Adena Health System
Chillicothe Healthcare and Rehabilitation
Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Chillicothe
Advanced Services Heating and Cooling
Preferred Staffing of Ohio
National Church Residences